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Dr Jeremy Howick

Fellow, Ordinary Fellow

Senior Researcher, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences & Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Philosophy

Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

PhD (LSE), PGCert (LSE), MSc (LSE), Dip in Social Studies (Oxon), BA (Dartmouth College, NH)

Dr. Howick has done 15 years of research on evidence-based medicine, placebo effects, and empathy. He has published 3 books, almost 100 peer-reviewed articles, and is the director of the Oxford University Empathy Programme, an interdisciplinary programme whose mission is ‘to introduce a dose of empathy into all healthcare consultations’. He is also a leader in medical humanities and has introduced the only humanities module to the Oxford MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare. He has also promoted medical humanities by founding the Oxford Philosophy and Medicine Network. Dr. Howick is the secretary of the Network, and coordinates interdisciplinary (humanities, medicine) graduate seminars which attract medical and philosophy researchers. He also draws on his 12 years experience at Oxford to coordinate philosophy and other medical humanities researchers at Oxford. In addition, he communicates regularly with the public and has written a book for non-academic audiences called Doctor You (Amazon #1 bestseller). As an expert he has appeared on the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, and his research has been featured in The Guardian, The Times, Men’s Health, the Daily Mail, the Huffington Post, and The Conversation. He speaks regularly at Oxford and internationally to academics and others about his research, why we need medical humanities, and how this can improve health.